10 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI

Last year, I wrote a post entitled 5 Ways to Create Maps in Microsoft Power BI. With the introduction of numerous mapping changes in Power BI since then, I felt it best to provide an update as of June 2017. As I mentioned in last year’s post, each mapping method could have advantages in different circumstances. The…

Creating Slopegraphs in Power BI

Did you know that it’s easy to transform Power BI’s Line Chart into a Slopegraph? No DAX or fancy workarounds are required. Slopegraphs are a great way to judge the rate and magnitude of change by looking at the steepness of a line’s slope. With a slopegraph, it is also easier to discern how different elements…

Is Power BI “Free” the same as a Personal version?

In a recent blog post, Matt Allington offered some good commentary on the new Power BI license changes. There’s a lot of content to go through in his post, so check it out. One thing in particular struck me though in that he equated Free with Personal (UPDATE: this is terminology Microsoft uses that Matt used as well).…

Building Horizon Graphs in Power BI

Horizon graphs are an intriguing but initially confusing way of looking at time series. Once you get familiar with the layout, you can simply think of it as a more space-efficient way of rendering a common line or area chart. Where there is a broad range in the data from low values to high values, horizon graphs condense…

R Tools for Visual Studio

The BlueGranite blog recently featured a post I wrote about R Tools for Visual Studio. It’s not meant to be an in-depth exploration into RTVS. Rather, at a high level, it takes a very basic look at some reasons why a developer may choose to use RTVS either in conjunction with or in lieu of R…